Interview with Virginia Scott of The Funny School of Good Acting
I loved talking with Virginia about her commedia and clown-acting work. She is an amazing teacher who also worked as a contributing writer to a well-known book in the acting world called Discovering the Clown (or The Funny Book of Good Acting). In the interview, we go into great depth on how actors can move their careers forward and audition better by studying this unique style of acting. I highly recommend checking this interview out!
Virginia Scott is a co-founder of the Funny School of Good Acting where she taught clown, commedia and bouffon. TCG just published Discovering the Clown: The Funny Book of Good Acting by Christopher Bayes with Virginia Scott. You can get it at any bookstore you like! In 2018 Virginia created The Commedia Company, which performs contemporary, original commedia shows regularly. Keep your eyes peeled for The Boof, a bouffon performance group made up of mysterious characters stirring up trouble and taking on power in 2019 and beyond! Virginia has devised new commedia and bouffon shows with several super talented performers around NYC since returning to live in NYC (mostly) full time 2 years ago.
Virginia teaches/taught clown, commedia, bouffon, play, physical acting, and all that kind of wiggling it around at schools such as The Juilliard School, A.C.T. (MFA), Tisch School of the Arts at NYU: International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam, Meisner Studio and Open Arts Studio, Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, U.S.C. (MFA), Movement Theatre Studio, The Michael Howard Studio, Stella Adler Studio, The Clown School, The Idiot Workshops and Berg Studio. Shows Virginia has directed and/or devised have appeared in New York at The Irish Repertory Theatre, Ars Nova Mainstage, 59E59, The Zipper Theatre, UCB, The PIT, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, The New York Fringe Festival and The International Clown Festival, The US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Comedy Central Theatre, The Hollywood Fringe and UCB LA in Los Angeles, and internationally at The Guilded Balloon in Edinburgh, The Centaur Theatre in Montreal and the Grahamstown International Festival in South Africa.
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Discovering the Clown - book on Amazon
And don't forget to leave a comment below! What was your favorite lesson from Virginia?
Interview with Veteran Broadway Actor Arbender Robinson
Arbender Robinson is one of the coolest people I've had the opportunity to interview. He's also one of the most grateful people I know, which I think is ultra-important if you want to be successful in life.
I love this interview because Arbender goes into extreme detail talking about what he's done over the years to take his acting career from zero to the level it's currently at - 11 Broadway shows (including Hairspray and Book of Mormon) and numerous film and television appearances! This is one interview you truly won't want to miss.
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Arbender Robinson made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning production of Hairspray where he played the role of Seaweed. He's been featured in over 11 Broadway productions. Prior to moving to NYC, Arbender was a featured vocalist with Royal Caribbean Cruises as well as an actor and vocalist for numerous Disney productions at Walt Disney World. When asked to describe the vocal ability of Arbender, one critic said “clear, effective, killer range of death...and that is a good thing. Look out Billy Porter, Arbender has arrived“ As a teaching artist, Arbender has worked with many organizations around the country and has a very unique teaching style that's accessible to all ages and talent levels. He also works to bring arts awareness to programs all over the country as well as serving as a huge advocate for Autism awareness and research.
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Have you ever done a portrait session with your family? What do you think is the hardest part?
Well, if you have kids, you'll probably agree that it's getting them to relax and smile nicely for the camera!
Kids hate being confined and a photoshoot is a very confining activity - often even more confining than being stuck in school!
Why? Because the photographer wants to not only control where they sit and what they do, but even how their body is positioned and the expression on their face! Most teachers don’t attempt to control their students faces (except "Stop sticking out your tongue!").
So as Autumn approaches (the perfect season for family portraits), we’d like to offer you three great tips to make it easier to get your kids to behave and look good in photos.
Frances McGarry from First Online With Fran Shares Creative Strategies for Actors to Move Their Careers Forward
It was so great to be able to chat with Frances McGarry in this interview. She's not only a professional actress and theater teacher, but she also runs her own podcast called First Online with Fran. As someone who loves speaking with people in the arts myself and doing interviews with them, it was really cool to have the opportunity to interview someone else in the same field who does something very similar. I'm sure you'll enjoy this interview as much as I did!
Frances McGarry, Ph.D. is an actor/arts advocate/activist/theatre educator. She's the host of her podcast First Online With Fran featuring ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the arts. She recently starred in the play premier Old Ringers at Ridgefield Theater Barn CT, and co-stars in a CBS pilot starring Michael Chiklas. Proud member of The League of Professional Theatre women serving as Co-Chair of the 2020 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Awards and New York Women in Film and Television Special Events, programming committees.
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Interview with Professional Actor Anthony Hollock
I had a great time chatting with Anthony about his acting career. What I most like about this interview is how much we discuss the importance of creating your own projects and putting your own content out for the world to see. Not only is he an actor & voice/piano teacher, but Anthony has created numerous projects of his own that he promotes and have been getting lots of attention online lately.
Anthony has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at London’s West End, as well as various theaters around the US. He has received a BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. Throughout his training, he has shaped his voice with almost a dozen voice teachers combining all their best methods into a succinct vocal strengthening exercise.
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Recently I emailed out to a few people in the industry to find out their thoughts on using colored backdrops for actor headshots.
Before you book your next headshot session, give this a read-through so you know what photographer to hire and how to properly prepare for your headshot session.
As a general rule of thumb, we at City Headshots have always opted for either white, gray, or natural outdoor, blurred backdrops for actors. Occasionally we'll offer a flat colored backdrop, but only if it's a pale, subtle color that doesn't distract too much from the eyes and expression of the actor in the picture.
Take a look at some quotes, and then at the bottom of the article I'll add my own two cents, summing up what everyone has to say:
Interview with Abigail Hardin of Up to Date Actor
It was super enjoyable to chat with Abigail Hardin, co-founder of a company called The Up to Date Actor. The Up to Date Actor offers a really amazing solution to help actors demystify the business side of acting and systematize networking so their career growth becomes much easier and more automated. What I enjoyed most about this interview is all the SPECIFIC strategies we discussed on how actors can keep in touch with people in the industry, especially if they don't enjoy networking.
Abigail is an owner of Up-To-Date Theatricals LLC and founder/designer of The Up-To-Date Actor. Having been a professional child actress with a career spanning from stage to screen, Abigail went back to Hunter College for Web Programming & Design and it was there that the idea came to her to create a digital product for actors unlike anything the industry has ever seen. Abigail Hardin Designs is her company, and it offers actors design services ranging from resumes & postcards to websites & custom email campaigns. Abigail is thrilled to be an owner of Up-To-Date Theatricals LLC and strives to help actors take command of their business and ultimately create art that will benefit and heal the world. She's a proud member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA.
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You're probably on this site because you're considering a professional headshot. Well, knowing what to wear in your headshot is just as important as knowing what to wear in real life, so that's why I'm writing this post!
Let me first make this clear: I have never had a sense of style! But by doing a bit of research and putting some color-matching rules together (and asking a stylist friend of mine for a couple tips & tricks), I'm now fortunate to say I almost always look well-dressed when I go out. This article was specifically written to help people who HATE picking outfits (especially men) to quickly figure out what to wear and ensure they look good!
The entire process of picking out an outfit and getting dressed with my system takes less than five minutes
I LOVE systems and setting something up once so it saves me a ton of time later on (an awesome book I highly recommend on systems is called The Checklist Manifesto). Today I'd like to share a super simple system I built to ensure that I'm able to perfectly match my outfits and look great on a daily basis - all while feeling extremely comfortable & relaxed in my clothes - and using EVERY piece of my wardrobe.
So why did I create this system? Because I used to wear the most terribly mismatched outfits - sometimes so bad that my team would make fun of me and say, "What are you wearing? That looks ridiculous!" Because of those jabs, I decided to set up a system to ensure I never looked foolish again, especially since I am a photographer interacting with tons of clients and occasionally doing public speaking. I believe we all have to ensure that we present ourselves well since first impressions are constantly being formed about us.
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